Southport is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 3,725 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Southport is the 262nd largest community in North Carolina. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Southport, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Southport, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Southport’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Southport does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $54,813.00.
Southport real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Southport house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Southport is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Southport is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Southport who work in sales jobs (19.67%), food service (8.54%), and office and administrative support (8.07%).
Of important note, Southport is also a city of artists. Southport has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Southport’s character.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.71% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
It is a fairly quiet city because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Southport has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Southport has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Southport than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Southport may be for you.
One of the nice things about Southport is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 19.22 minutes getting to work every day.
In Southport, a lot of people use a ferryboat to get to work every day though Southport is a relatively small city. Those that ride a ferryboat are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
The overall education level of Southport citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.16% of adults in Southport have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Southport in 2010 was $32,966, which is wealthy relative to North Carolina, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $131,864 for a family of four. However, Southport contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Southport home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Southport residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Southport include German, English, Irish, Hungarian, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Southport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Spanish.